American Football Database
American Football Database
Ernest Wilford
No. 19, 18, 85     
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1979-01-14) January 14, 1979 (age 42)
Place of birth: Richmond, Virginia
Career information
College: Virginia Tech
NFL Draft: 2004 / Round: 4 / Pick: 120
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Jacksonville Jaguars ( 2004 2007)
Career highlights and awards
* Second-team All-Big East (2002)
  • First-team All-Big East (2003)
Receptions     156
Receiving yards     2,145
Receiving touchdowns     15
Stats at

Ernest Lee Wilford, Jr. (born January 14, 1979) is a former American football wide receiver. He was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fourth round of the 2004 NFL Draft. He played college football at Virginia Tech. He is currently a sheriffs deputy with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

Wilford has also played for the Miami Dolphins.

Early years

Wilford graduated from Fork Union Military Academy and played football for Armstrong High School in Richmond. He participated in Indoor and Outdoor track, also in Varsity football.

College career

Wilford played college football at Virginia Tech. Wilford graduated as the Hokies' career leader in receptions. He held the team records for most passes caught in a season, most receiving yards in a game, and most touchdown receptions in a game.


Wilford attended the NFL Combine.[1]

He measured in at 6'4" 226 pounds. He ran a 4.81 40 yard dash (1.68 10 yard split), a 4.17 20 yard shuttle, and had a vertical jump of 40.5". He also broad jumped 10'10". At his Pro Day, he improved his 40-yard dash to a 4.76.

Professional career

First stint with Jaguars

Wilford was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 4th round of the 2004 NFL Draft.[2]

Miami Dolphins

Wilford signed with the Miami Dolphins on February 29, 2008. The deal was worth $13 million over four years, and included a $6 million signing bonus. He appeared in seven games for the Dolphins in 2008 (starting none) and caught just three passes for 25 yards.

The Dolphins converted Wilford to tight end during the 2009 offseason, but released him prior to the regular season on August 24.

Second stint with Jaguars

Wilford re-signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars on August 25, 2009. On May 21, 2010, he cut his hair which had been growing for over six years in recognition of Jacksonville's Wolfson Children's Hospital cancer unit, as a donation.[3]

Wilford was released on September 4, 2010. On Thursday September 16, 2010 the Jaguars re-signed Wilford back to the 53 man roster stating that he provides a veteran who is familiar with the system and can contribute on special teams. Also his salary is not guaranteed, making Wilford a low-risk investment. To make room for him on the roster, the team has released wide out John Matthews. Wilford also played tight end in addition to wide receiver.

Incident at Jacksonville Beach club

Early in the morning on January 14, 2011 Wilford was arrested for inappropriately touching a female bartender at the Ritz Club in Jacksonville Beach. When confronted by Jacksonville Beach Police and asked to leave, Wilford struggled with police and was eventually tasered twice and arrested. He was released on 5,000 dollars bond later that day and charged with resisting arrest and trespassing.[4] He later plead no contest to this charge.[5]

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office

In 2015, Ernest Wilford joined the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office as a police officer.


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